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Gender & Sexuality Studies Resources: Finding Books

Vanderbilt University's Library Catalog

Vanderbilt University Library Catalog

Use the library catalog to search the holdings of ALL 8 Vanderbilt Libraries.   

You can use it to find:

  • Books
  • DVDs & Videos
  • Periodicals
  • Reserve materials
  • and more...

Check Out Books With Your Phone!

Download the checkout@vandylibraries app for IOS or download the checkout@vandylibraries for Android to use your mobile device to check out books and materials.

Use the book pick up tab in the catalog record to request pick-up outside the library. Due date for regular loaned items due between March 8 and May 7 is Sept. 4, 2020.

Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Subject heading searches can introduce you to a large number of books on a specific topic available in the libraries.

To get a sense of the breadth of our collections, try a "SUBJECT contains" search in Library Catalog using one of the sample Library of Congress Subject Headings listed below:

Women       Women's rights
Sex differences Sex discrimination
Gender identity Sexual division of labor
Sex role Feminism
Gender identity in motion pictures Men
Women, Social conditions Masculinity

Browsing for Books

Another option is to browse the STACKS for books.  The following call # areas might be of interest to you:

HQ Women, Feminism
HQ 1101-1115 General
HQ 1121-1154 History
HQ 1161-1172 Occidental and Oriental Women, Christian and Pagan
HQ 1180-1181 Women's Studies
HQ 1201-1233 Women--Geneeral
HQ 1236-1391

Women and the State, Women in Politics, Women in Public Life, Women in Development, Women and Economics

HQ 1393-1395 Women and Religion
HQ 1397 Women in Science and the Arts
HQ 1399 Women and Civilization
HQ 1402-1870.9 By Region or Country
HQ 1871-2030.7  Women's Clubs, Societies



"What floor are these on???" These call number ranges are on the 5th floor of the Central Library- on the 21st Ave. side of the building (see floor map).

Finding Books in Other Libraries?

There are thousands of library catalogs out there and only one of you.


WorldCat contains more than 125 million records describing items owned by U.S. libraries and libraries around the world.  

These items include books, manuscripts, musical scores, films, newspapers, etc.

Search Tips

The following search tips work in many databases!

1. Use AND to combine terms

example:  Helios AND Art

2. Use OR to search related terms

example:  Myth OR Folklore

3. Use * to truncate a word and return all possible endings

example:  Myth*

(searches for all variants of the word myth e.g. myth, myths, mythology, mythological...)